Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

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December 2018

Q&A: Why Trump’s Latest Asylum Decision Will Put Migrants’ Lives in Danger

Just before the holiday, Mother Jones ran a Q&A between me and reporter Noah Lanard about the Trump administration’s newly announced “Remain in Mexico” policy. At least until it’s struck down by the courts, this policy, agreed with Mexico’s new government, will let asylum-seekers from third countries await their immigration court hearing dates inside Mexico. […]

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My top 60 albums of 2018

It’s Saturday. Christmas is approaching. The U.S. government is partially shut down, but there’s nothing we can do about that. Let’s go off-topic. I listen to hours of music each day, mostly while working. I also like data. I have a system of adding new music and rating songs, which—if things slow down over the […]

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What a “partial” government shutdown would affect

I just went through the outstanding appropriations bills and came up with this incomplete list of agencies that would be affected if parts of the U.S. federal government “shut down” at midnight tonight. President Trump insists that he won’t sign a 2019 budget bill—not even a stopgap to keep the government open for a few […]

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The day ahead: December 21, 2018

I’ll be reachable from late morning through the end of the day. (How to contact me) The last few days before Christmas are usually some of the quietest of the year, a time for tying up loose ends and planning the next year amid a far calmer calendar and telephone. But this is 2018. We’ve […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 20, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, “‘A Moral Disaster’: Ap Reveals Scope of Migrant Kids Program” (Associated Press, Associated Press, December 20, 2018). Some 9,800 are in facilities with 100-plus total kids, according to confidential government data obtained and cross-checked by The Associated Press Brazil “Brazil: Police Killings […]

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The day ahead: December 20, 2018

I’m most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) This afternoon I’m on a call with a foundation program officer, and then I’m off to the GAO to meet with a team working on a report about military training programs. Otherwise I’ll be in the office prepping for those meetings, doing some research, and […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Damian Paletta, Erica Werner, John Wagner, “Congress Moves to Avert Government Shutdown, Deny Trump Money for Wall” (The Washington Post, December 19, 2018). If Trump did order the military to build a wall anyway, Democrats or landowners could file a lawsuit and seek an immediate injunction […]

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Mid-Wednesday border wall / shutdown update

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) will shortly introduce a simple bill keeping the still-unfunded part of the U.S. government funded, at 2018 levels, through February 8. This Continuing Resolution will avert a partial government shutdown on Friday December 21. It will not include new wall-building money. Scheduling the next budget/shutdown deadline for February 8 […]

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The day ahead: December 19, 2018

I’m around in the morning. (How to contact me) This afternoon I’m speaking and facilitating a breakout group of regional military personnel at the OAS Inter-American Defense College, which is having its annual human rights and international humanitarian law conference. In the morning I’ll be in the office, mainly catching up on correspondence and trying […]

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Yep

People have asked me, “Didn’t you listen to Trump when he said that he would build a wall?” I didn’t take the idea seriously during the campaign. From “I voted for Trump. Now his wall may destroy my butterfly paradise,” a Washington Post column by Luciano Guerra, “a nature photographer and outreach coordinator and educator for the […]

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